• The C&O Canal a few miles above Great Falls VA
  • “The Georgetown” canal boat at Georgetown. Mile 0 of the C&O Canal
  • Crossing the Youghiogheny at Ohiopyle on the Great Allegheny Passage
  • Great Falls of the Potomac
  • Keystone viaduct on the Great Allegheny Passage
  • Mount Vernon home of George Washington
  • Dyke Marsh on the Mount Vernon Trail
  • View of the Potomac from Mount Vernon
  • Volunteers muscle a stepping stone into place on the PHT
  • Volunteers install a gravel tread on the PHT
  • Volunteers getting ready for action!
  • The C&O Canal a few miles below Great Falls VA
  • View of Harpers Ferry WVA from the C&O Canal
  • The Wide Water section of the C&O canal
  • The Paw Paw tunnel on the C&O Canal
  • A nice view of some wind mills on the GAP
  • A very picturesque spot on the GAP

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D. H. Lawrence

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Join "Walk on" Ray Smith to hike a proposed PHNST segment in McLean. Echoing the original Cross County Hikes, the events are intended to suggest scenic and historically-significant ways to fill gaps in the better known PHNST trail areas. Highlights include a rarely-visited section of Great Falls National Park along the original (pre-1764) route of Georgetown Pike, and other trail segments not previously hiked. You have the option to hike 4 or 7 miles.            7-miles: Park at Colvin Run Mill parking lot, 10017 Colvin Run Road, Great Falls, VA 22066 (38°58'11"N, 77°17'37"W):  Take free NPS shuttle bus departing at 8:15am for the hike's starting point, Spring Hill Recreation Center (SHRC).           4-miles: Park at Difficult Run Park Trailhead, 8801 Georgetown Pike, McLean,...
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UPDATE x2:  Due to flooding risk on C&O, hike is POSTPONED from Feb. 6 to Feb. 13.  Full 50 mile Kennedy march still on for Feb. 20.  Details please see www.meetup.com/KennedyMarches/   UPDATE:  Due to snow on the canal, the Feb. 6 hike will be daytime only, 25 miles; the full 50 mile hike will instead be on Feb. 20.  ================================================================== Are you up for a challenge? Join NPS volunteer “Walk On” Ray Smith for the 5th re-creation of the famous 1963 “Kennedy March,” a 50 mile walk from milepost 13 on the C & O Canal Towpath to Harpers Ferry. Walkers will depart the Angler’s parking area at 4:00 am on February 6, 2016, average a minimum of three mph, and finish...
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A biker at the entrance to the Paw Paw Tunnel on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. Wood engraving by Robert Hoskin after a photograph by Frank Lenz for Outing (August 1892). Compare to the same spot today:...
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Under beautiful sunny skies on Sunday, September 27 nineteen participants joined Sierra Club Potomac Region Outings and the Potomac Heritage Trail Association for a ten mile hike of the Civil War Defense of Washington Trail in celebration of the 125th anniversary of Rock Creek Park. Organized by hike leader Glenn Gillis of Sierra Club PRO and Don Briggs of the National Park Service, hikers met at the Rock Creek Nature Center before being shuttled by charter bus to the hike start at Fort Marcy in Northern Virginia. From Fort Marcy the route Pimmit Run to Chain Bridge before crossing into Washington D.C. After crossing the Potomac River, the group picked up the C&O Canal before reaching the outskirts of historic...
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Join Sierra Club Potomac Region Outings and the Potomac Heritage Trail Association in celebrating National Public Lands Day and the 125th anniversary of Rock Creek Park, with a 10 mile hike along the new Civil War Defense of Washington Trail . A section of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, our hike traces Civil War forts from Fort Marcy in Virginia to Fort DeRussey in Rock Creek Park in Washington D.C. Highlights include Fort Marcy, Chain Bridge, C&O Canal, Glover-Archebald Park, Fort Reno, and beautiful Rock Creek Park. At the Rock Creek Nature Center, enjoy special activities planned by the National Park Service in honor of Rock Creek Park's 125th anniversary. The National Park Service will also be providing our hiking...
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